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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America in both men and women. The good news is it is preventable. In honor of American Heart Month, Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness has put together a guide on lifestyle changes to strengthen your heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Looking for a practice dedicated to strengthening your overall health and wellness? Schedule an appointment at Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness in West Bloomfield, MI, today!

Steps You Can Take to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Understanding your risk for heart disease is key in determining which lifestyle habits you should adopt. Individuals with diabetes, alcohol use, or a family history of heart problems are most at risk. If you aren’t sure, talk with your doctor about your potential risk factors.

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1. Keep a Balanced Diet

Salt, sugar, and saturated fats are the worst contenders when it comes to heart health. They build up your cholesterol and, over time, block your arteries. Sure they taste good, but be sure to only enjoy them in moderation. If you are worried about your heart health, these foods are the first that should go.

Instead, focus on adding whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, and healthy fats to your everyday diet. Need some help formulating a healthy and achievable diet for your needs? Speak with one of our doctors today!

2. Take Care of Your Teeth

Did you know that oral health can directly affect your heart health? When bacteria builds up in the mouth, it puts your heart at risk for infection. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once daily, and keep up with regular dental checkups. Avoiding cavities and maintaining proper oral hygiene can greatly lower your risk for heart problems!

3. Stay Active

Exercising isn’t just intended for weight loss or slimming down–it’s essential for maintaining your overall heart health, especially as you age. Regular movement can lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, all of which contribute to heart disease. It doesn’t need to be intense–even 30 minutes of walking or light moving daily will keep you in great condition.

4. Get Enough Sleep

Adequate sleep is one of the most beneficial things you can give your body. You should aim for at least seven hours a night. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, limit screen time, especially in the last two hours before bed. Keep your phone, computer, and other distractions out of the bedroom, so you aren’t disturbed by them. Furthermore, consistency is key–choosing a set time to go to bed and wake up every day will help your body adjust to the habit!

5. Reduce Smoking & Alcohol Use

Regular smoking and alcohol consumption are majorly detrimental to your heart health. Both of these substances are known to raise blood pressure and cholesterol, damage heart muscle, and even cause irregular beating patterns.

Additionally, if you are on hormonal birth control, smoking can increase your risk of cardiovascular issues and blood clots exponentially. Put your health first and put down the tobacco.

Get in Touch with Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness

Concerned about your heart health? Our dedicated team is here to help you. Once you determine your risk factor and incorporate these habits into your lifestyle, you can take control of your heart health.

Contact Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness in West Bloomfield, MI, to schedule your next appointment!